The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What NOT To Do With A Plexiglass Palette

Two words -- Clove Oil. I was mixing up some paint for my plein air pillboxes, and discovered the hard way that clove oil will eat right through the plexiglass finish.  Actually, I should have known that. Last spring, I put a bit of clove oil in a little bitty plastic container. One day I opened my pochade and smelled clove oil. All that was left was the lid in a pile of wonderful-smelling goo. Apparently the lid was made of stronger stuff than the bottle itself.

So that brings me to my next question -- why are glass artists' palettes in large sizes so doggone expensive? I have this great new taboret and I would love to have a large glass palette to cover the top. The local big box stores don't carry glass of any size.  Hmm. Any ideas out there?

6 comments:

  1. Ouch! on melting stuff! Hey Monica, I have heard of people using old microwave glass, either the door itself or that piece they use on the bottom inside. Another alternative, since you've got a nice new taboret, stop at a local glass store and have them cut to fit a piece of safety glass like what you would use on an outdoor patio table. Shouldn't run more than a twenty dollar bill or so depending on the thickness of glass you want. They could most likely router the edges with a nice smooth bevel. Good luck!

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  2. I knew I could count on you, M-A! Now, to find a glass shop....

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  3. Hope you are having a measure of success with the hunt. Glass/mirror shops, when price shopping, they may even have a piece of glass leftover from something that will fit your taboret...sometimes, these type of shops want to be pricey, so another idea I had is second-hand shops finding an old glass coffee table and or such and having the glass cut to fit. Have fun!

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  4. Did not know that about clove oil...
    great tip, Thanks !

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  5. Ah, clove oil. I tried that after reading somewhere online that it makes oil paints last longer. I put it on a cotton puff in one of my little metal duo containers...(you know, medium in one, and since i use ws oils the other is empty). Hated the smell, BUT it gave me an idea to put a scent in that i liked. Lavender oil. Not directly on the plexi or glass, but on a cotton puff. Now i get so inspired when opening my palette. : )

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  6. Aromatherapy and painting! What a great combo. I really liked the smell of clove oil at first, but it did get to me after a while. Thanks, BMoon!

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